Are you ready to get started on your vision board to create a new you? Before you do, I’m sharing some of the most common vision board mistakes.
Today I’m continuing my Motivated Monday Vision Board series. I think it’s imperative to avoid making these vision board mistakes!
There are quite a lot of mistakes you can make when creating a vision board to transform your life. So, if you want to boost your chances of success, below you’ll discover some of the most common new you vision board mistakes to avoid.
Don’t fall for advertisements
A large part of designing vision boards no matter what the goal, is finding images you can include onto it. These are typically found in magazines.
The trouble is, when you’re trying to change yourself, the magazines you’ll be using for inspiration could sway you to focus on goals that aren’t really yours. This is because magazines tend to contain a lot of ads telling you what you need in life. It could be anti-aging products, or specific locations you should travel to.
Ensure you aren’t swayed by advertisements when finding the right images for your board. Your vision board should only contain things which inspire you and fit the goals you want to make for yourself.
Avoid using too many pictures
While the right images can make a huge difference to your vision board’s success, it’s important not to use too many. If you include too many pictures, it can be overwhelming for your mind.
Just like when the home is cluttered your mind is cluttered. A vision board with too much going on is going to leave the mind feeling cluttered too. In order to work, they need to provide focused attention. So, the fewer pictures you include, the easier it will be to focus on your goals.
We tend to be visual people and it’s understandable that we’d gravitate towards using pictures. Try instead to use words, especially if you can’t find the right pictures for what you’re trying to achieve.
Get fully clear on what you want
A vision board is only going to work if you know what it is you want. So, when setting your first new you goal, ensure you make it as clear and concise as possible.
If you are looking to lose weight, be sure to set a specific goal, rather than a vague one. For example, setting a goal to lose two pounds each week is going to be far more effective than simply setting yourself a goal to lose weight generally.
Or, using the same example, setting a goal to to get your heart rate up two to three days a week is a more specific goal than saying you’re going to workout everyday.
Once you’re clear on exactly what it is you want, that’s when you can really start taking steps to achieve it.
Don’t place the board in an obscure place
Once you’ve created your vision board, you’re going to need to be able to look at it every day. Placing it in an obscure place is therefore going to be detrimental to your progress.
Ensure you place the vision board somewhere that’s easily in view. For many people, hanging it on the wall in the bedroom is the best option. However, it could also work sticking it onto the refrigerator or anywhere you use daily.
Personally I keep my vision board on the wall that is facing my side of the bed. Which is great for me when I wake up and it’s already daylight. I realize, however, that I need to make it more of a habit to look at it at other times in the day.
Address internal issues
It’s all well and good having goals. But if you don’t address any internal issues you may have, a vision board may not be as effective as it could be.
For example, if part of the new you transformation is changing the way you look, this might not automatically deliver more confidence. If you have deep rooted self-esteem issues, these will need to be addressed in order to truly gain new improved confidence.
So don’t use the vision board as an alternative to address your issues. Working out any issues you may have before you start one, will increase the chances of your vision board’s success.
Commit to taking action
Finally, one of the most common mistakes you can make with a vision board for a new you, is to fail to take any action. Some people mistakenly believe that creating the board and displaying it somewhere is all they need to make it work. However, you also need to commit to take action.
Use the vision board to inspire you, but make sure you’re taking steps each day to achieve the goals you’ve set.
As you can see, there’s a lot of mistakes you can make when creating a vision board to transform your life. These are just some of the most common mistakes you’ll want to avoid. I hope you found this helpful as you create your vision board and the new you.
You can catch up with other posts in my Vision Board Series so far: